Manchester City are winless in their last two matches and have shown where sides can give them problems in both games. They are perhaps a little fortunate to be coming up against an Everton side that have also lost their way in recent weeks.
Everton are now winless in their last three matches having won five on the spin before that. They have not beaten City in any of their last six matches in Manchester.
The outcome of this fixture could depend on what players can recover from injury in time for both sides. City have a number of injury concerns ahead of this match, which could bring Everton into the game. Naijabet
Manchester City : Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for three weeks after injuring his hamstring during the international break. Kevin de Bruyne was expected to miss this fixture but could return to the squad earlier than anticipated if there are no setbacks in his recovery from a hamstring problem.
There were fears Sergio Aguero had picked up an injury on duty with Argentina, but he insists he is fit. Raheem Sterling missed the international period due to a calf injury and remains a doubt for the reception of Everton, but Nolito is back in contention after servin his three-match ban. Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph aren’t expected to feature in any capacity this weekend.
Pep Guardiola has been reluctant in using Leroy Sane so far this season, which could mean Jesus Navas is given another chance to impress should Sterling fail to recover.
Everton : Phil Jagielka was forced to withdraw from the England squad during the international break due to a thigh strain but has been passed fit for this fixture, as have Romelu Lukaku, Darron Gibson and Leighton Baines.
James McCarthy hasn’t featured in any of Everton’s last seven matches because of injury and Ronald Koeman says the midfielder is ‘overloaded’ after featuring heavily during the international break. This suggests he will not play against Manchester City.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Man City‘s last 6 PL home games.
Man City have scored at least 2 goals in their last 6 home PL matches .
Man City have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 3 home matches (Premier League).
Man City have won 5 of their last 6 home PL matches.
Man City are undefeated in their last 6 home matches against Everton in all competitions.